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Former NSF Directors' Biographies

The Director of the Foundation (referred to in this Act as the "Director") shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. -- National Science Foundation Act of 1950

Dr. Alan T. Waterman
April 1951 - June 1963

Dr. Leland J. Haworth
July 1963 - June 1969

Dr. William D. McElroy
July 1969 - January 1972

Dr. H. Guyford Stever
February 1972 - August 1976

Dr. Richard C. Atkinson
May 1977 - June 1980

Dr. John B. Slaughter
December 1980 - October 1982

Dr. Edward A. Knapp
November 1982 - August 1984

Mr. Erich Bloch
September 1984 - August 1990

Dr. Walter E. Massey
March 1991 - April 1993

Dr. Neal F. Lane
October 1993 - August 1998

Dr. Rita R. Colwell
August 1998 - February 2004

Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr.
November 2004 - May 2010

Dr. Subra Suresh
October 2010 - March 2013